The Feast of Corpus Christi

Today we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Here’s what you need to know...

 

“THIS IS MY BODY”

If your Latin is a little rusty Corpus Christi simply means Body of Christ.

This solemnity celebrates the Real Presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

For a refresher course on the Real Presence in the Eucharist watch this.

At the end of Mass, there is usually a procession of the Blessed Sacrament, generally displayed in a monstrance.

In some countries it is a holy day of obligation and is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.

Where it is not a HDOO “it is assigned to the Sunday after the Most Holy Trinity as its proper day".

 

I SAW THE SIGN

Saint Juliana of Liège a 13th century mystic is largely responsible for the feast's inception.

When she was only a teenager Juliana began seeing visions of Christ in which she was instructed to plead for the institution of the feast of Corpus Christi.

The vision was repeated for the next 20 years but she kept it a secret, until finally reporting it to her confessor, and her confessor to the Bishop.

It was eventually instituted by Pope Urban IV in 1264.

Happy Feast Day.

Saint Juliana of Liège, ora pro nobis!

 

“Since Christ Himself has said, “This is My Body” who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?”

-St. Cyril of Jerusalem

In case you missed it Episode 7 of our podcast COFFEE W/ SAINTS is up. We take a look at the life of St. Justin Martyr. It's a good one. You can check it here.